SewDown Portland: Classes

What a fun group of teachers we had! Check out the great class pictures below. Thank you Sherri Lynn, Lee, Heather, and Julie. You are all so talented and inspirational!

Sherri Lynns class

Sherri Lynn Wood: Improv Round Robin
An improvisational twist on the Round Robin.

Julies class

Julie Herman: Sidekick Sampler Workshop
This new ruler was designed to cut 3 shapes in 4 sizes!

Lees class

Lee Heinrich: Shooting Star: A Modern Traditionalist Mini
Learn about some of the things that make a quilt “modern traditionalist” and make a 21″ x 25″ mini quilt top that incorporates several of these design concepts.

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Heather Jones: Modern Strip Piecing
Use strip piecing to make quick modern quilting projects with bold designs.

Thank you Julie, Mo, Jessica, Farah, Pink Chalk, Lee and Kristin for the use of your photos.

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Modern Domestic + BERNINA

Modern Domestic is the official sewing machine shop for BERNINA at SewDown Portland. They have an amazing staff that is full of knowledge and is uber talented. We have no doubt you will fall in love with them and their machines!

A little note from Modern Domestic:

We are so excited to be spending next weekend with the SewDown participants in downtown Portland Oregon! We have pallets of beautiful BERNINA sewing machines on there way here as I type this and we are really looking forward to introducing them to you! 

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Modern Domestic loves Modern Quilting, we love BERNINA and we can’t wait to share that love with you! We are thrilled to have the honor of being the shop to support your BERNINA machine experience this weekend while you get your SewDown on in PDX! Check out all sorts of info and details about our shop here.

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We have been planning for months and have selected just the right machines and accessories to make your seams straight and your learning soar and we hope you will enjoy the two different models we have selected. 

The BERNINA 350PE is a shop favorite. We have spent the last 4 years with this machine in the classroom at Modern Domestic and everyone – teachers, students, and open sewists simply love the ease of use and precise stitch that this machine delivers. With a walking foot and Free Hand System, your sewing rhythm never fails to be smooth and effortless. 

350 A couple summers back we all fell in love with BERNINA’s new 7 Series line. When we saw the impressive list of features, it was like BERNINA had been in our head planning the perfect machine. They created a machine with dual feed, super fast and quiet sewing speed, a full featured foot pedal (the presser foot lowers when you tap it) and 10 inches of space to quilt and work on large projects! Did I mention the ENORMOUS bobbin? It even surpasses the beloved 8 series bobbin!


At the shop, we will await your arrival and be glad to assist with your any further machine questions after the show. We will also FREE SHIPPING on a BERNINA machine to your home! You can stock up on fabric when you are here too! Along with free shipping, we have special Sew Down 0% interest financing available to make your purchase simple and straightforward. The link to apply for financing is right here

We are located about half-way between The Nines Hotel downtown and the airport. We are right off I-5 in NE Portland’s Alberta Arts District for those of you driving. We have special machine pricing and fabric discounts planned for participants. You can come by Thursday and Friday to find out more or we will be thrilled to chat with you at The Nines during Sew Down. 

Thanks and we welcome you all to Portland,

MD Team

Lupine, Michelle and the whole Modern Domestic team!


SewDown Portland: Lee Heinrich

Lee Heinrich is a quilt designer, author, and blogger. Her book “Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks“—co-authored with Faith Jones and Katie Clark Blakesley—out now. She also has a line of patterns now available, and her work has appeared in magazines such as Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts, Quilt Magazine, and Quiltmaker. Lee loves the burgeoning area of “modern traditionalism” and wants to help quilters think outside the grid when it comes to traditional blocks. Stay up to date with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

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A bit from Lee about her class:

In this class, we’ll learn about some of the things that make a quilt “modern traditionalist” and make a 21″ x 25″ mini quilt top that incorporates several of these design concepts. The “Shooting Star” mini quilt design is easy to piece and features a block that has been around for more than a century. But we’ll give a modern twist to the traditional by incorporating negative space, asymmetry, and other design tweaks. Students will also have the option to make their mini wonky or incorporate a scrappy patchwork background. The possibilities are endless!

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What you can expect from Lee as a teacher:

I like for my classes to be laid back and fun, but still informative. I always try to teach my students at least a little something about design, even if it’s a class where we’re just following a pattern or learning a technical skill. More than anything, I want them to come away from the class feeling inspired, motivated to create more, and feeling like there are more creative possibilities open to them now than before they took my class.

SewDown Portland is bound to be amazing! We are sold out but do still have space in our lecture series. Sign up for those here.

SewDown Portland: Julie Herman

Julie Herman lives in the San Diego and started sewing in 2002 and blogging in 2009. The goal when she started her blog was to share her quilts & have a journal of them. Since starting her blog she has been published in many magazines, started her own pattern company, and developed the Hex N More Ruler. Her book “Skip the Borders” was released in August of 2012. To read more about Julie, check out her blog


A bit about Julie’s class:

In the Sidekick Sampler Workshop students will learn to use the Sidekick Ruler.This new ruler was designed to cut 3 shapes in 4 sizes! As a result it gives you limitless possibilities. All of the pieces can be rotary cut from strips. In addition to developing the ruler I also have designed many patterns to go with it. The class is divided into two parts. In the first part of class you will learn how to cut Diamonds, Triangles, and Half Triangles. In the second part of class you will use the fabric provided with the class kit to create a small project using the Sidekick. Students can expect to create a small project or blocks during the class. 



SewDown Portland is bound to be amazing with all our fantastic teachers! We are sold out but do still have space in our lecture series. Sign up for those here.

SewDown Portland: Sherri Lynn Wood


Sherri Lynn Wood is an artist who lives in Oakland, California, where she improvises quilts as a life practice and blogs about it at Dainty Time. She has an MFA in sculpture from Bard College, a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University, and teaches regularly at Penland School of Craft. Sherri’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country. She has been making and selling quilts professionally for 20 years. Learn more at

Improv Round Robin

An improvisational twist on the Round Robin. Free your creative energy, use up your scraps, and learn the basic skills of improvisational quilt making. At the end of the day you and everyone else will leave with a distinctive quilt top beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. There are no mistakes in this fast-paced class, only discoveries, community, and FUN! Perfect for fist time improvisers. 

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Sherri’s classes were ubber popular at QuiltCon and people really enjoyed themselves. Having her teach again at SewDown Portland is fantastic. Her approach, teaching style and techniques have inspired so many people. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from Sherri. We only have TWO spots left. (Remember MQG members receive a 20% discount on this all inclusive weekend!)

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SewDown Nashville: Register Now!

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SewDown Nashville is an all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway in the beautiful luxury Loews Vanderbuilt Hotel. Hotel, meals and all workshops are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with a full load of workshops and tons of sewing fun! Learn from superstar workshop instructors Carolyn Friedlander, Anna Maria Horner, Angela Walters, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Get inspired with lectures from Alexia Marcelle Abegg, Elizabeth Dackson, and Maddie Kertay.

Attendees will also be invited to join Anna Maria Horner in her Nashville home studio for an exclusive tour and cocktails! Transportation will be provided.

Can’t make the entire weekend? Lecture packages will be available too!

Want more information on this event? Check out the website here.

For a link of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

We can’t wait to see you in Nashville!

SewDown Portland: Registration OPEN!

It’s time! Sign up for SewDown Portland now.

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SewDown Portland is an all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway! A swanky hotel, all meals, workshops, lectures and open sew are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with a full load of workshops, amazing food, and time sewing with your friends at open sew! Can’t make the entire weekend? Lunch and dinner lectures will be available too! Portland SewDown dates are February 7th – 9th 2014.

Portland is named the City of Roses for its vast rose gardens and was named one of the “Greenest Cities in America”. The city is also known for its abundant array of artists and arts organizations, outdoor activities, and beer and coffee enthusiasm. Ever wondered if the show Portlandia was accurate? Come to SewDown Portland and find out! (FYI-the show is pretty right on)

For workshop descriptions, schedule and pricing, please visit the SewDown Portland website.

Sewing machines will be generously provided by:

SewDown Philadelphia: Thank you!

It’s been two days since I’ve been home from Philly and I am missing it bad. Coming back to reality is hard sometimes. It does help that Portland registration opens tomorrow. I’m excited to know that it’s only five months away!

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Thank you to everyone who came and participated in the SewDown. It was a great weekend full of sewing, laughter, yummy food, and newly formed friendships.
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Thank you Philadelphia!

SewDown Philadelphia: Elizabeth Hartman

I feel a little spoiled. I already know how awesome Elizabeth is. But now everyone who was at the SewDown knows too. She is a fantastic teacher! She really has a great ability at explaining how to do something so it looks and functions really well. Her students worked hard. Every time I popped in the only thing that could be heard was the beautiful sound of the machines humming along! Elizabeth taught her ever popular quilt as you go method for her Perfect Quilted Totes. You can read about it here.
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Thanks for sharing your skills with us Elizabeth! I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished bags. (Make sure to tag it with #sewdown when you are done everyone!)

SewDown Philadelphia: Liesl Gibson

We had some pretty amazing teachers in Philadelphia.  I had meet Liesl briefly at Quilt Market in Portland. But I was just a giddy giggly fan and I’m sure she didn’t even remember me! When I found out she was a teacher at the SewDown and I was going to work I was so excited to get to spend some time listening in on her classes.

Liesl is so talented! I knew this, but hearing her teach and explain steps to her students was so cool. She taught them so many different ways to add texture and dimension to their quilts. You can read about what her class was about here.

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Thank you Liesl for the great time. It was a pleasure to get to know you a bit better and I know that everyone of your students learned so much! My favorite quote was “I didn’t think there was anything new that I was going to learn but I learned so much my head is swimming!” I think that’s the sign of a great class…